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TURTLES AND CARMEN SANDIEGO VIDEO GAMES LEAD EARLY CHRISTMAS SALES; KONAMI, INC. OFF TO A FAST START

 TURTLES AND CARMEN SANDIEGO VIDEO GAMES LEAD EARLY CHRISTMAS SALES;
 KONAMI, INC. OFF TO A FAST START
 BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Within the first week of the holiday shopping season, Konami, Inc., the leading third-party supplier of video game software to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), reports that its "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II -- The Arcade Game" and "Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego?" video games are hotter- than-expected sellers.
 "In the last week, we have moved more than 40,000 cartridges of 'Turtles II' for the NES, and have reordered 'Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?' also for the NES, because of the incredible demand," said Emil Heidkamp, senior vice president of Konami, Inc.'s Consumer Division.
 Heidkamp says its "Turtles" game are perennial favorites and always do well, but the speed at which "Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego?," a new edition to Konami's line-up, is selling is a pleasant surprise.
 "'Carmen Sandiego' is our first edutainment -- a combination of education and entertainment -- game for the NES," says Heidkamp. "Our initial order for 'Carmen' was conservative, especially in light of its price point -- about $59.95, which is higher than the rest of Konami's games." The product package includes the "New American Desk Encyclopedia" (a $7.99 value).
 Heidkamp believes "Carmen's" success is due to its appeal to kids and their parents. The game combines the fun of a video game with the excitement of learning through discovery.
 Heidkamp forecasts these other Konami titles to be hot sellers, as well, before the end of the season:
 -- Super Castlevania IV (Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems),
 an all new Castlevania adventure for the Super NES. Enhanced by
 superior graphics, amazing stereo sound and double scrolling,
 this game is being hailed by video game reviewers as one of the
 best video games ever.
 -- Tiny Toon Adventures (NES), based on the top-rated Steven
 Spielberg and Warner Bros. syndicated children's cartoon, players
 must rescue Babs Bunny from Montana Max.
 Konami, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Ultra Software Corp., are wholly owned subsidiaries, of Konami Co., Ltd. Konami's worldwide activities include the development and marketing of arcade and home entertainment software. Products include Super Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges, Game Boy cartridges and LCD hand-held games. Konami annual sales for the fiscal year ending February 1991 reached nearly $240 Million.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Reilly of Konami, 708-215-5100; or Lou Anne Banks or Carl Zielinski of Stevens and Knott P.R., 312-346-3232, for Konami/ CO: Konami, Inc. ST: Illinois IN: ENT SU:


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